PayPal has recently begun sending out notifications to thousands of users who were affected by a data breach. The breach occurred due to credential stuffing attacks, which allowed unauthorized access to user accounts.
As a result of these attacks, some personal data may have been exposed. It is important for users to take the necessary steps to protect their information and monitor their accounts for any suspicious activity.
Credential stuffing is a type of cyber attack through which hackers try to gain unauthorized access to accounts by using the username and password pairs that have been obtained from data leaks on various websites.
This is done by automating the process of trying different combinations of login credentials on a specific website or service. These attacks are becoming increasingly common as more personal information is being shared online.
Through credential stuffing threats, actors specifically target users who employ the same password for multiple online accounts. This practice is commonly known as “password recycling” and it makes it easier for hackers to gain access to a user’s different accounts.
This is particularly dangerous because once a hacker has access to one account, they can use that information to try and gain access to other accounts as well.
PayPal Data Breach
Between the 6th and 8th of December 2022, the credential stuffing attack occurred. At the time of the incident, the company discovered the problem and mitigated it, however, it also started investigating the way the hackers were able to gain access to the accounts and gained control them.
Upon concluding its investigation on December 20, 2022, PayPal confirmed that threat actors had used valid credentials to log into the accounts of its users.
It has been claimed that PayPal did not have a system breach and that no documents have been found that prove that attackers obtained user credentials directly from PayPal.
35,000 Users Affected
PayPal’s official data breach report claims that 34,942 of its customers were impacted by this data breach. It has been reported that hackers gained access to the following data during the two days:-
- Full names
- Dates of birth
- Postal addresses
- Social security numbers
- Individual tax identification numbers
- Transaction histories
- Connected credit
- Connected debit card details
- PayPal invoicing data
In response to the data breach that occurred on December 20, 2022, PayPal took swift action to limit intruders’ access to its platform and protect its customers’ information.
The company quickly identified the accounts that had been breached and took steps to reset the passwords of those accounts.
This ensured that the unauthorized parties could no longer access the affected accounts and prevented them from gaining further access to sensitive personal information.
By taking timely action, PayPal was able to minimize the damage caused by the breach and protect its customers from further harm. The company also continues to work on enhancing its security measures to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
Here below we have mentioned the security measures recommended by the company:-
- If you are using the same username and password combination for any other accounts as for PayPal, then immediately update those passwords.
- Immediately change the password and security questions on an account if you detect unusual activity on it, and notify the company about it.
- Make sure to enable two-step verification in your Account Settings so as to add an extra level of security for your PayPal account.
- Avoid clicking on URLs from unknown sources.
- Do not open any email attachments that you received from unknown sources.
- If you receive an email or a text message from PayPal asking for your password or login information or for any other authentication factors such as a one-time code then be sure to not provide any information, since PayPal never asks for this information.
- You should visit PayPal.com separately to view any urgent messages if you are unsure or wish to verify their authenticity.
- Messages that promote an immediate sense of urgency should also be taken into consideration.
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